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February 09, 2013

The Best Magical Waves Of Sorake And Lagundri

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When surfers are asked “Where is the best surfing spot after Hawaii?” , the automatic answers from them “Sorake & Lagundri”. The best image and popularity of this surfing spot is not doubted anymore. Some people said that Sorake and Lagundri are the Crazy Indonesian reef breaks , while some others said that they are the most famous reef break and the best place to surf on the universe. 

As far as surfing goes in Indonesia, the bays of Sorake and Lagundri on  Nias island is the ultimate destination. Nias’ Sorake Bay is an internationally renowned surfing spot, and has become one of surfing’s most exotic wave-searching destinations. Every year, surfers flock from across the globe for a chance at its legendary point break. International surfing competitions have been held in Nias since 1993, and even the world championship surfing competition in 2000.

Offering some of the best waves in the world, surfing in Nias is the absolute highlight for professional and advanced surfers. For beginners, the best time to surf is in the morning, before the waves get too big, and the current too strong and dangerous. Boards can be rented from the beach surf resorts, and reliable surf trainers are ready to help you balance and catch your first waves.

Aside from surfing, spend the day partaking in other available water sports, playing beach volleyball, sunbathing, or just taking a leisurely splash in the cool waters. If you stop and observe, you may even catch a glimpse of sea turtles and other marine life swimming alongside you.  A myriad of beautiful beaches surround the coast of Pulau Nias, many of which are most often deserted. The beaches are not only plenteous, but also diverse; from gently sloping, soft, white sands, to rocky reef lagoons and high cliffs. 

Other surf spots in Nias is Laundri bay, giving it both left and right hand breaks. Unaffected by winds and tides, the constant flow of waves is perfect for novice and professional alike to practice, play and perform! Waves are typically 3 to 5 meters, but have been said to reach as high as 15 meters. Some start from as far as 200 meters from the beach, can have up to 5 levels, and even rolls unbroken all the way to shore. The catch-phrase “All time Nias,” comes with the understanding that unlike most parts of the world, Sorake Bay delivers non-stop waves throughout the entire year, making any time of year the best time for surfing. The highest waves are between May and September, with most competitions being held from June till July. From Lagundri beach, you can take a walk to visit the traditional villages of Botohili, Hilimaetano and Lagundri. In times past, villages were built on top of hills for security, and were usually rectangular with a row of houses on each side. The people of Nias built their houses on colossal ironwood pillars with towering roofs. Not only were they almost impenetrable in former tribal warfare, but their flexible, nail-less construction proved effectively resilient to earthquakes. Each village functioned as a separate entity, and up until just a few decades ago, mini-wars would break out with people killed. Warriors would attack other villages to find slaves, and in many villages you will find the sites that were once used to sacrifice victims. Ancient stone sculptures can still be found, as well as huge, round stones which were used for money.

How to Get there:
Like most places worth going, Nias Island is not easy to reach. To go by sea, start at the Sibolga Port in Sibolga city on the Northwest coast of Sumatra. Take the ferry to the port of Gunung Sitoli on Nias Island. The trip takes between 8 and 13 hours, depending on the weather. But now on there are some speed boats that can shorten the distance for 4 hours trips which leave in the morning from Sibolga.

By air, start at the Polonia Airport in Medan, North Sumatra and catch a flight to Binaka Airport,Gunung Sitoli. Daily flights are available from Medan to Gunung Sitoli on Wings Air. There are 3 flights from Medan to Gunungsitoli every day.

International flights to Medan are from Singapore, Bangkok in Thailand, and Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Ipoh, Malacca and Subang in Malaysia. Domestic flights are available from all major cities in Indonesia including but not limited to Jakarta, Surabaya, Aceh, Bandung, Padang and Pekanbaru

Once in Gunungsitoli, continue by land to Sorake Beach via minibus. Sorake Bay is about 3 hours drive from Gunung Sitoli. Before or after you go to Sorake, you are suggested to go to Gunungsitoli city (30 minutes drive), visiting traditional village in Tumori to see aged oval wooden traditional houses and Museum Pusaka Nias which keeps some 6,000 collections, starting from jewelry, household equipments, traditional music instruments, statues, replica of Nias traditional house and the products of Nias handicrafts bola nafo (betel vine storage) with a specific motifs, including the giant one measuring 3 x 3 square meters, which is recorded by the Indonesian World of Records Museum (MURI) as the largest betel vine storage in Indonesia.


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